It’s Garbage-Pickup Day in Beautiful New Jersey. I glanced at the piles in front of peoples’ houses on my way to the train, hoping to find something nice to rescue—and in front of one neighbor’s house, I found a large carton full of books! Ruined, due to last night’s torrential downpour: fiction, nonfiction, hardback, paperback.
We have several schools, a library, a used-bookstore and a nursing home in this town, at least one of which would have happily taken these. I wanted to either throw the waterlogged books through their windows, or call the Literary Police to break down their door and confiscate all their books: they don’t deserve to have any.